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Drunk Driving

What Happens if you Get a DUI With a Child in the Car?

Posted in Drunk Driving,DUI on February 19, 2022

Facing drunk driving charges can be challenging. But if you have been accused of driving under the influence with a child in the car, the charges against you are far more severe than you might have thought. In 2022 there were 6,385 motor vehicle crashes nationwide that involved driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs…

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Can You Still Be Arrested With BAC Below .08?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drunk Driving,DUI on January 27, 2020

Most people understand that there are fairly stringent laws concerning alcohol, particularly when it comes to driving. Nobody is allowed to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .08% or above. At this level, a person is considered to be intoxicated, though the amount of drinks it takes for a person to reach…

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What happens to my car after being arrested for DUI in California?

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drug FAQ'S,Drunk Driving,DUI on October 7, 2019

Getting pulled over and arrested for driving under the influence is difficult and may require you to go to court. This process is tough enough, especially when you have to worry about getting your car back as well. Even though a vehicle will almost always be towed away after a DUI arrest, you can almost…

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California Ignition Interlock Device Laws

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drunk Driving,DUI on August 14, 2019

When a person has been found guilty of driving under the influence in California, there are times when they may be required to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in their vehicle. These devices can be ordered under the following circumstances: A first offense DUI, particularly if the defendant’s blood alcohol level (BAC) is .15%…

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Type of Field Sobriety Test in DUI Cases

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drunk Driving,DUI on May 30, 2019

A field sobriety test is a tool law enforcement officers may use to try to determine whether a driver is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It involves a series of physical and/or mental exercises police officers may ask the driver to complete. Low performance during the field sobriety test allegedly serves as proof…

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Implied Consent Laws in California

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drunk Driving,DUI on May 17, 2019

Implied consent means that someone gives his or her permission for something not through express language, but through implicit circumstances. Someone’s actions or the facts of the situation can imply one’s consent, rather than the person giving consent expressly. In terms of California’s driving under the influence (DUI) laws, implied consent refers to a driver’s…

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Driver License Suspension After a DUI Arrest

Posted in Drunk Driving,DUI on March 24, 2019

One consequence of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a possible license suspension. In California, driving is a vital form of transportation that we need to move around in our daily lives. However, the courts and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can take your license if you receive a DUI…

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California Repeat DUI Offender Laws

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drunk Driving,DUI on February 21, 2019

Driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08% or higher can result in a driving under the influence (DUI) conviction in California. A BAC less than 0.08% could also qualify as DUI, if the level is enough to impair a driver. Driving under the influence of impairing drugs, including prescription medications, could also…

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DUI Checkpoint Rules and Regulations

Posted in Criminal Defense,Drunk Driving,DUI on December 17, 2018

DUI checkpoints are common in areas with high numbers of drunk driving incidents and on days of the year when people drink a lot alcohol, such as New Year’s Eve. At these checkpoints, police officers ask drivers questions about their night and perform field sobriety tests if they believe a driver is impaired. However, drivers…

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First DUI in California – What to Expect

Posted in Drunk Driving on May 30, 2018

Facing your first DUI charge is a daunting prospect. It helps to know what to expect from the process, easing your mind while preparing you for what’s to come. Learn how the DUI process works in California and how a Riverside DUI defense attorney can help you through this trying time. California DUI Offense Laws…

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